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Appendix A – COM Procedure for Appointment, Promotion, Reappointment, and Evaluation of Non-tenure Track Faculty

Policy Number: 3349-03-22
Effective Date: 06/05/2011
Responsible Department: College of Medicine, Office of Faculty Affairs
Applies To: Faculty, College of Medicine

D. Basic Principles for Appointment, Promotion and Reappointment

  1. Appointment
    1. Appointment to the faculty is a privilege, not a right. Initial appointment is primarily based upon past performance with an expectation of continued contribution.
    2. The candidate has the right to a full, impartial and confidential review of the credentials submitted.
    3. Faculty with non-tenure-track appointments are expected to contribute to the teaching, scholarship, and/or service programs of the College in a manner consistent with the mission of the respective department and in accordance with the faculty member’s letter of appointment.
    4. Considerations include, but are not limited to:
      1. possession of an appropriate terminal degree or exceptions as justified by the candidate’s Department Chair and approved by the Dean and President;
      2. expertise in an appropriate academic field and evidence of dedication to continuing advancement of this field of knowledge;
      3. ability and dedication as an effective teacher;
      4. creativity and competence in an appropriate field of research and scholarship;
      5. ability to assume responsibility for professional services and administration of health and/or academic services; and
      6. ethical, professional performance.
    5. A non-tenure-track appointment is made with the expectation that it will continue until a termination notice is given by either the faculty member or the College of Medicine in accordance with the University Faculty Bylaws, policies and procedures. Any time accrued under non-tenuretrack appointments will not count toward appointment or any probationary period.
  2. Promotion
    1. There is no requirement that a faculty member be promoted after a given period of service in order to hold or maintain a given rank.
    2. Promotion may be made after the minimum time in rank and contributions commensurate with the higher rank have been achieved. The Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee will consider any specific exceptions or requirements set forth in the faculty member’s letter of appointment or amendments thereto.
    3. In evaluating the candidate’s performance, the weighting of the evaluation areas may vary. Consideration will be given to the mission of the department and the demands of the appropriate discipline. Both quality and quantity of the individual’s contribution will be taken into consideration.
  3. Reappointment
    1. Reappointment to the faculty is not automatic.
    2. The decision to renew a faculty appointment will be based upon the activities of the faculty member since the last review and the needs and resources of the College.
    3. Once a faculty member has achieved a rank level, the faculty member will not be reduced in rank.
    4. A recommendation for non-reappointment is not considered a dismissal for cause, and as such cannot be appealed

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